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  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia. A peaceful transfer of power in...

  • China's love and dating scene laid out on stage

    BEIJING (AP) — For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover." These aspects and others relating to love, dating and women's...

  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters. The finance ministry said government spending would increase by 11.7 trillion won ($11.4 billion)....

  • Cambodian political rivals say agreement reached

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodian opposition parties said they agreed Tuesday on a joint solution to end a political deadlock and the opposition's yearlong boycott of the national legislature. Hun Sen, opposition leader Sam Rainsy and others met for five hours...

  • Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 33

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that barreled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media said, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country's south in four decades rose to 33. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Vietnam...

  • North Korea threatens to boycott Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Friday to review its decision to enter the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, a day after their talks on the games broke down. The North's plan to send athletes and cheerleaders to the games is among a set of measures it recently proposed to...

  • 700 protest S. Korean factory closure in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages. The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the...

  • Japan wary as US, Europe up sanctions on Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It's complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's moves toward rapprochement with Russia. Relations between Japan and...

  • China moves oil rig out of waters Vietnam claims

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China on Wednesday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam. Withdrawing the rig from near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea...

  • China's state TV targeted in anti-corruption drive

    BEIJING (AP) — For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks. Since late May, at least six people at China Central...

  • Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government formally asked Beijing on Tuesday for legal changes that will ultimately let residents of the southern Chinese city elect their leader for the first time, but downplayed calls for the public to nominate candidates free of China's vetting. The former...

  • 2 Koreas to hold talks on Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul official says the rival Koreas have agreed to meet to discuss North Korea's participation in the upcoming Asian Games in the South. Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do says North Korea agreed Monday to meet at a border village on Thursday to discuss its...

  • North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills. The...

  • Asian stocks weak amid new Europe jitters

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stock markets were muted Friday, following the lead of Wall Street traders spooked by worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal that raised the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe. Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 percent to 15,176.27 and South Korea's...

  • Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's...



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